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Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Motorcycle accidents are much more likely to result in serious injury or death than other types of traffic accidents. Without any external protection, a motorcyclist is left vulnerable to every impact of a collision. Even if the rider is wearing a helmet and protective gear, the risk of suffering a life-altering personal injury is high. Collisions involving other vehicles account for around 56% of all motorcycle accident deaths.

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Right-of-way violation – The majority of motorcycle accidents occur because car and truck drivers fail to see bikers on the road. Or, if they do notice a motorcycle, they fail to provide enough space for the biker to safely maneuver. Cars making left-hand turns account for 42% of all car-motorcycle accidents.
  • Lane splitting – When a motorcycle drives between two lanes of slowly moving traffic, the close proximity and reduced space often leads to an accident. On many occasions, the cars do not anticipate that another vehicle will be passing them in slow traffic. Determining fault for a lane-splitting accident can be complex, requiring the help of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer.
  • Defective roadways – Potholes, grooves in the road, construction, and uneven pavement all affect motorcycles much more than cars and trucks. These road defects can lead to skidding and sliding, especially on curvy streets. If the hazards have been present for a long time without being corrected, you can potentially hold local transportation entities responsible for your accident.

If you have been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident caused by someone else’s negligence, please contact The Rubinstein Law Group today or call (855) 365-9955 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced San Diego motorcycle accident lawyers. We represent injured victims in Oceanside, Escondido, San Marcos, and throughout California.